With everything there are both benefits and risks. This is true for medical marijuana. Thankfully we have fine professionals at the DEA there to set us straight when our rose-colored glasses make everything too pink.
"I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team in Utah. Some of his colleagues in Georgia recently achieved notoriety by raiding a retiree's garden and seizing a number of okra plants.Of course legal grow operations don't need to hide in environmentally sensitive areas. But we should not underestimate the destructive power of rouge rabbits. Observe this documentary footage obtained at great personal risk by that dauntless reporter Bill O'Reilly!
Fairbanks spoke of his time eliminating back-country marijuana grows in the Utah mountains, specifically the environmental costs associated with large-scale weed cultivation on public land: "Personally, I have seen entire mountainsides subjected to pesticides, harmful chemicals, deforestation and erosion," he said. "The ramifications to the flora, the animal life, the contaminated water, are still unknown."
Fairbanks said that at some illegal marijuana grow sites he saw "rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana. ..." He continued: "One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone."